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Walk 180: Cole Green NW Loop

4.8 miles (7.8 km) with 130 ft of ascent


The view after crossing the bridge over the A414
The view after crossing the bridge over the A414
This walk follows The Cole Green Way, a former branch line between Hertford and Welwyn Garden City which is now a long-distance recreational route. Our route starts at the former Cole Green Station, then heads W before looping round through Panshanger Park. There is a pub, The Cowper Arms, close to the start of the walk. Be sure to check opening times.

Directions


Map for Walk 180: Cole Green NW Loop Click here or on the map for a larger version Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map below the directions
Map for Walk 180: Cole Green NW Loop
Click here or on the map for a larger version
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

There is an interactive map below the directions
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There is a small car park at the site of the former Cole Green Station off Station Road, Cole Green (location - https://w3w.co/debate.gladiators.atomic).

Cole Green station platform and The Cole Green Way
Cole Green station platform and The Cole Green Way
1: Standing on the former station platform and facing what would have been the track (location - https://w3w.co/dots.chemistry.breath), turn right then head W along the platform then down the ramp to join the Cole Green Way. Follow the route of the old railway line for 980m until you reach a tunnel under Hatfield Road, the A414 (location - https://w3w.co/putty.smiles.paint), see image below.

Continue through the underpass beneath the A414
2: Go through the underpass, then continue along the Cole Green Way, which is paved at this point. Head  NW for 1.5km until you reach Cole Green Lane (location - https://w3w.co/makes.assist.sheets), see image below.

Cross Cole Green Lane turn right then left on Black Fan Road
Cross Cole Green Lane keep right then turn left on Black Fan Road
3: Cross Cole Green Lane then keep right and head NE for 50m until you reach Black Fan Road (location - https://w3w.co/leans.estate.joke), see orange arrows on the image above.

Welwyn Garden City bridleway 69 off Black Fan Road
Welwyn Garden City bridleway 69 off Black Fan Road
Keep left alongside Black Fan Road heading NW for 70m looking for a footpath on the right on the other side of the road (location - https://w3w.co/levels.else.visual). This is Welwyn Garden City bridleway 69, which is also known as Green Lane, see image above. Follow this bridleway NE for 470m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/window.meal.tanks), see image below.

Continue heading NE, still on Green Lane, for 480m
4: Continue heading NE, still on Green Lane, for 480m with playing fields through the trees on your left, until you reach a junction where several tracks head off into the woodland (location - https://w3w.co/occurs.plug.hits).

Green Lane after point 4
Green Lane after point 4

When you reach the junction keep straight and to your right
When you reach the junction (point 5) keep straight and to your right
5: When you reach the junction keep straight and to your right, then head W for 150m until the path bends left (location - https://w3w.co/axed.cliff.burns), see image below.

The path bends left then heads N with the fields on the right
The path bends left then heads N with the fields on the right
The turn mentioned in point 5 above is marked with an A on the map below.

The route between point 5 & 6, explained below
The route between point 5 & 6, explained below
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Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors
Continue to follow this path through woodland with the fields on your right, first N for 150m to a righthand bend (location - https://w3w.co/zoom.chained.system), marked with a B on the map above. Then head NE for 120m to another bend to the right (location - https://w3w.co/finds.craft.space), marked with a C. Then head ESE for 310m until you reach Panshanger Lane (location - https://w3w.co/debit.rats.folds).

The entrance to Butterfield Way off Panshanger Lane
The entrance to Butterfield Way off Panshanger Lane
6: Turn left on Panshanger Lane then head NE for 50m looking out for a footpath on the right marked Butterfield Way (location - https://w3w.co/rear.bump.bill), see image above.

The Butterfield Way heading ESE
The Butterfield Way heading ESE
Head ESE for 190m along Butterfield Way until the path joins a track (location - https://w3w.co/rails.kicks.bonds), see image below.

The point where Butterfield Way joins the track
The point where Butterfield Way joins the track
7: Follow the track ENE for 260m until you reach a gate (location - https://w3w.co/stage.proud.puts), see image below.

Take the middle path to the right of the gate
Take the middle path to the right of the gate
8: Take the middle path to the right of the gate then continue heading ENE for 140m to a track (location - https://w3w.co/calms.game.giving). Cross the track then continue ENE for 160m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/cable.grant.tops), see image below.

Turn right at the junction on Hertingfordbury footpath 10
Turn right at the junction on Hertingfordbury footpath 10
9: Turn right at the junction on Hertingfordbury footpath 10 then follow it SE and uphill for 560m until you reach a path going off to the left (location - https://w3w.co/wished.audio.piper).

Head SE on Hertingfordbury footpath with Forty Acres on the right
Head SE on Hertingfordbury footpath with Forty Acres on the right
10: Ignore this path and continue heading SE for 360m with the woodland on your left and an area called Forty Acres on the right.

Forty Acres information board, Panshanger Park
Forty Acres information board, Panshanger Park
According to a sign along the way:
"Forty Acres is an area of grassland and wetland pools. The area provides nesting places for solitary wasps and bees which dig burrows in the bare ground. The area also provides habitat for migrant birds such as the rare little ringed plover. Ditches and ponds provide breeding places for amphibians such as frogs, toads and newts and in the summer you will see plenty of wild flowers".
At this point you will begin to hear the noise of traffic on the A414 which you are approaching. Continue until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/mice.famed.forms).

Keep right at the junction to continue on Hertingfordbury footpath 10
Keep right at the junction to continue on Hertingfordbury footpath 10
11: When you reach the junction (see image above) keep right and continue heading SE, still on Hertingfordbury footpath 10. Cross a quarry track (location - https://w3w.co/flight.entry.impose) then continue heading SE until you reach another junction, see image below (location - https://w3w.co/foil.modes.cost).

Hertingfordbury footpath 10 heading to the footbridge over the A414
Hertingfordbury footpath 10 heading to the footbridge over the A414
Keep right at the junction then follow Hertingfordbury footpath 10 up a ramp and across a footbridge over the A414 (location - https://w3w.co/snow.curve.limbs).

Once across the bridge, ignore a footpath on your right
Once across the bridge, ignore a footpath on your right
12: Once across the bridge you will come to a junction (see image above) where Hertingfordbury footpath 10 turns to the left (location - https://w3w.co/snow.curve.limbs). You head S at this point along a permissive path, with a hedgerow on the left and a field on the right. Continue for 300m until you reach The Old Coach Road (location - https://w3w.co/slower.view.combining). Turn left on The Old Coach Road then head E for 210m until you reach Birch Green on the right (location - https://w3w.co/senses.pouch.scuba).

Turn left on The Old Coach Road then turn right on Birch Green
Turn left on The Old Coach Road then turn right on Birch Green
13: Turn right then head S on Birch Green for 450m looking for a footpath on the right just after the road bends right (location - https://w3w.co/give.guises.socket)

Take the footpath between the houses, Hertingfordbury footpath 7
Take the footpath between the houses, Hertingfordbury footpath 7
14: Take this path, Hertingfordbury footpath 7, then follow it W for 60m to a field.

Hertingfordbury footpath 7 heading SW to Cole Green Way
Hertingfordbury footpath 7 heading SW to Cole Green Way
Keep left at the field then head SW for 420m until you reach The Cole Green Way (location - https://w3w.co/stump.myself.poetic).

Returning to Cole Green station with the car park on the right
Returning to Cole Green station with the car park on the right
15: Turn right on The Cole Green Way then follow it W for 420m back to Cole Green Station and the starting point.

If you want refreshments after your walk The Cowper Arms is on Station Road, 150m W of the car park on the right.

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2 comments:

  1. Great walk, took a group of 17 (children and older adults), all really enjoyed the walk.Easy and fun. Great start and finish with a lovely lunch at the Cowper arms.

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    1. Great to hear. So glad you all enjoyed it.

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